Third Circuit Weighs Policeman's Immunity Over Service Gun Use

, The Legal Intelligencer


The week after Adam Lanza went on a shooting spree in Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., a federal judge in Philadelphia denied immunity to a police officer in a case where his son stole his department-issued gun to kill his estranged girlfriend.

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  • carolann

    I agree there should be no immunity. A police officer should be in control of his weapon at all times, even at home. Just because a cop is issued a weapon for his job should not relinquish his liability because he was not taking proper precautions with his weapon and therefore made it available for someone to take and use. Just as ordinary citizens are held responsible if a family member takes and uses their weapon, so should police officers be held responsible - maybe even more so because they should know better

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